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the latest news in the week's top stories rights groups in egypt claimed violations of the vote on a new draft constitution with unofficial results showing a narrow backing for it as erratic violence erupts on the streets. rebels in syria claim they're making gains in their push toward damascus while the u.s. is giving the opposition a boost by granting it official approval. and the launch of defiance north korea blasts off its latest rocket despite global condemnation saying it placed a weather satellite into orbit.
four am in moscow i met treasure bring you today's top stories and a look back at the week's news here on r t coming to you now in high definition. rights groups in egypt are calling for saturday's first round of a constitutional referendum to be held again after claiming widespread violations meanwhile unofficial tallies released by the islamist camp show a narrow majority backing the charter the opposition which has been urging a no vote to what it calls a discriminatory draft also accepted that their opponents were leading with a slim edge journalist bell trues been following the vote in cairo. tense nights here in the conflict in cairo as people have been waiting for these key results on the referendum of the constitution preliminary results of course the official ones will come out of the second round which indicates that it was
a yes vote the muslim brotherhood together with media outlets numbers and mounting up there saying approximately fifty six point five percent voted yes forty three point five percent voting this will see to be of course a major blow to the opposition forces particularly because in this round only two of the governor it's involved to the ten you voted actually voted as and knows that the constitution this particular stage of the referendum was largely seemed to be the biggest chance for a no vote to the constitution as the government involved actually voted against the president during the presidential elections so really right now the opposition forces are going to have to either drum up support in the next six days for the second round or final time to talk to you to see that campaign i think there will be heightened tensions of course i mean people have criticized the idea that the referendum expectance two days of the week in the middle with these results coming out because of course people are going to react to them as we entered the late
stages of the voting process which had been extended by several hours by the electoral commission because of high turnouts there were violent scenes in the streets of cairo and. the one party headquarters the opposition position. where it topped by suppose it supports is all. has an obvious mouth. sour faced leader one time presidential candidate at one party did i reports that ultra conservative islamist torch that headquarters talking with firearms on take out the security forces did report injuries so really we'll have to see if the next week what happens in the build up to the second round this crucial rounds the seventeen other governorates going to vote on this constitution. day would a spokesperson for the national salvation front claims there have been a number of violations while the opposition's also demanding a repeat of the first round of the referendum but right now we want the authorities
the election commission to look into the violations and to decide by itself whether this is big enough in order to repeat the first round and in case we are going to go to the second round we want to make sure that these violations are not going to be repeated particularly in terms of the outcome to this is a privilege and there were not enough judges yesterday to look into the or to supervise the vote we also complained about preventing our observers the preservers of human rights groups from attending the counting process according to a decision by the judges we want to attend and be present during the counting and we also complaining about the fact that the muslim brotherhood members were continuing their propaganda inside the polling stations until the last minute trying to influence horses and tried to convince them to vote yes for the constitution claiming that voting no would that mean that you are an infidel or that you are against the stamp so we're still holding a lot of hope the president morsi will listen to the voice of wisdom and considering that this is a draft constitution that's dividing the country even if we take the results that are being circulated right now it's not enough definitely in
a country after the revolution to have a constitution that's approved by a very small minority fifty something just. syrian rebels say they're making gains across the country in their push toward the capital damascus the opposition got another financial and political boost this week with the u.s. recognizing the coalition washington says it's meant to isolate extremist groups while allowing the rebels to up their struggle against syria's government. takes a look at who's fighting in the n.t. assad camp. they call themselves martyrs. all those you see around you the fighters you see are living martyrs and the living martyr has already sacrificed a soul for this country but syrian rebels say they will stop at nothing to defeat assad. some of them are so proud of their deeds that they post them on the web including the execution of prisoners. or having a child behead a man who was presumably an ocelot supporter atrocities are committed on all fronts
during syria's bloody civil war according to many accounts on the ground it's islamist groups that do most of the fighting on behalf of the rebels dr tatar we come meet was a member of a jihadi spoken ization twenty five years ago he later became a vocal opponent of radical islam that you have this have no problem to behead people alive you deal with people like bin ladin and there are because of al qaida who have know his e.t.a. shin to use any form of whip around to to to really. control any place. religious believes an ideology the so-called friends of syria including the gulf states the u.s. the u.k. and friends met in morocco to throw their weight behind the newly formed syrian opposition coalition two thirds of the islamist dominated anti assault coalition has ties to the muslim brotherhood and cellophane and their idea of freedom for syria what. it's
a positive sign for us that our military struggle is characterized by being mostly islamic because. martyrdom for the sake of anna has always been the main motive for people's freedom. in what's seen as a symbolic attempts to distance themselves from terrorists in syria washington has designated one of the rebel groups a terrorist organization but the same syrian opposition that the us supports welcomes the efforts of groups like al nusra the decision of considering one of the factions fighting the regime as a terrorist organization should be reconsidered. this is a demonstration of support for almost in syria with people heard chanting we are students of osama. people here in washington don't seem to understand that if you don't like the government in cairo or if you do like the government in cairo i guess i should say then you will love the government the comes to power in damascus because you will see a sunni muslim islamised government
a muslim brotherhood style government that is absolutely intolerant fundamentally hostile to the west washington has failed to officially denounce the many suicide bombings perpetrated by the rebels in syria preferring to focus on the wrongs committed by the assad regime alone the u.s. is also ramping up the rhetoric about the possibility of the assad government using chemical weapons against civilians something that damascus says would be suicidal on the other hand many rebels are not averse to the idea of suicide in the name of what they call holy war militants have recently taken control of a toxic chemical plant in the country's second city of aleppo a video was uploaded to youtube showing them testing chemical weapons on rabbits we could not independently verify the authenticity of the footage. you will die like these two rabbits and its own words the assad government is fighting terrorists that battle has claimed thousands of innocent lives the measures the syrian
government was ordered to have been widely criticized but does that crisis mean the world should keep their eyes shocked at the. actually fighting for power in syria now in washington i'm going to check on. reports say a palestinian refugee camp in damascus has come under attack by syrian warplanes activists claim at least eight people have been killed the district where the camp is in the southern part of the south of the capital has become the scene of heavy fighting between troops and opposition forces this week nato accuse syria's government of using felicitate missiles against the rebels something damascus denies this came as the alliance confirmed its plans to stage an surface to air missiles and troops in neighboring turkey while nato says it's only for defensive purposes historian jeremy self thinks there are other factors for the buildup. there's obviously the reason for stage three missiles on syria's border is not because of a attack by syria because that's the no likelihood that syria is going to attack turkey and in any case those missiles to be directed against planes or ballistic
missiles not against the shells almost as that of informing the the turkish border accidentally so the office christmas-y. those patriots there and the speculation is based on the fact that perhaps they're there as the first step to declaring a no fly zone and direct measurement of intervention sometime next year and one has to ask the question who did the germans who did the british who did the americans who think it's appalling in syria they're not supporting groups who committed to democracy you know supporting groups that committed to political transition the not supporting groups that are committed to in any way this will mission over an open transparent state. north korea defied the world wednesday with a launched a long range rocket that it says successfully placed a weather satellite into orbit but the claims were met with skepticism by the u.s. south korea and japan who suspect it was in fact testing a long range ballistic missile technology north korea is banned from such as by
u.n. resolutions the security council condemned the launch saying it will consider an appropriate response while the e.u. has threatened more sanctions but anti-war campaigner eric surat in says talks are the only solution to the ongoing impasse. these are causing us to have more talks not less talks and the north koreans have been willing to attend talks other nations have certainly russia has another nations that if it involved in the six party talks and doubtless read are such as japan south korea the united states are less. willing to engage in talks when these things happen but what the un said was not only don't use ballistic missile technology it said we must have a commitment to a peaceful diplomatic and political solution to the situation there and that's what is really crying out and i think russia and other countries must finally say now
wait a what is the look at the problem but i'm afraid that the united states is going to step back talk less isolate more of the military base that the united states will bring merrily south korea is building on g.'s you island in an effort to create a ring around china perhaps the deal with north korea are all setbacks to peace what's necessary i think at this point in time is not is to step back from the process and the outside countries the other countries around the world must say wait a minute a peaceful china south korea north korea japan has a region will have a huge impact on world east and i think that it's really incumbent that we put pressure is toward peace and not toward amping up the conflict any war will stay with us here on our t.v. still to come scrubs against austerity as medical workers in spain stage a protest rally over the government's moves to privatized the health care sector
plus. the united kingdom seems to be turning into a hieland of tax avoidance where corporate giants get out of paying their fair share while people barely making ends meet are getting hit harder this after a short break stay with us. please speak your language. programs and documentaries in arabic it's all here on. reporting from the world talks about six of the ip interviews intriguing story to tell you. in trying. to find out more visit our big teeth don't call.
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by russia while also having their financial assets frozen in the country move designed to counter washington so-called magnitsky law which levels similar sanctions on a number of russians artie's tom barton explains. barack obama has signed into law the u.s. mike knit ski bill which concerns russian officials which the u.s. accuses of involvement in the death of sergei magnitsky a lawyer who died in prison in two thousand and nine having been imprisoned on tax evasion charges which his supporters say were trumped up russia though has for a long time now railed against this legislation saying it is rank hypocrisy and that if the magnitsky bill was a part was passed it was attached to a piece of trade legislation then retaliation would come so now it seems the russian retaliation that was long promised is now shaping up russia's own bill
doing roughly the same thing as the magnitsky bill has passed its first reading in the russian duma it's not known. exactly who it's targeting but some possible examples of what rush or a says those u.s. citizens accused by russia of breaching the human rights of russians for example in the last ten years and number of russian children adopted by u.s. citizens have died or suffered to human rights abuses among those a boy who was left in a car in extremely hot temperatures and he died his name may indeed be attached to the bill as part of this. squabble over human rights between russia and the u.s. this all affects the much the much hyped up reset between russia and
the u.s. which was started in barack obama's first turn now a russian lawmakers are eager to point out that the start of his second term he's passed what they consider very anti russian legislation one of the editors of komsomolskaya pravda the russian newspaper was hours after the passing of this bill pranked he received a letter which are looked to all intents and purposes to come from the u.s. consulate saying that his visa had been revoked in connection with the magnitsky bill which was just a bit i got a fax signed by the vice consul which also had the number of the revoked visa and the technical data showing that the fax had been sent from the u.s. embassy in moscow i was surprised because it said the reason was the magnet scared and i'm not related to that case although i thought this might have been triggered by the articles published in our newspaper that the u.s. state department did not like what it turned out to be a prank as the embassy said they did not send it which whether the consequences are
merely pranks involving certain russian figures or more seriously those involving human rights or relations between the u.s. and russia already this magnitsky bill is having deep ramifications. remember our web team is working twenty four seven to provide you with the best stories and video online here's a quick glimpse of what's a click away at our dot com what's in a name well could be more than forty five thousand dollars it seems because that's what one american man is earning after selling someone the right to give him a new surname find out his motivation at r.t. dot com plus. babysitting no easy job bawling twins drive their father to despair is he calls police for help to silence the little tykes full story on our website. britain is losing out on billions of pounds in tax
money is some corporate giants originally out of paying their fair share it's angering the u.k. public which is left to pick up the slack while also being loaded with tough austerity but as our fourth reports the government seems fine with the status quo. people from all of tend not to come to this conference with companies like starbucks and apple and google at the moment it's really part of a much larger picture welcome to the world of tax avoidance illegal but morally suspect way companies and the wealthy have been dodging paying their fair share most people are due to discuss these companies do not the v.a. taxation which is a criminal offense but are void taxation basically use existing facilities. in the different regulation and taxation between different countries to their
advantage companies like amazon the head office is based in luxemburg which they claim is the center of the economic operations which is handy as luxembourg so well known in tax haven where companies can enjoy a low tax rate but hang on a minute we're here one of amundsen's much of this to be censored in the end but the reality is that many of our customers most of their employees and many will distribution centers like this what are in fact based here in the united kingdom so it's not hard to see that the relatively small luxembourg office is nothing in fact is they say at the heart of their operation and yet the u.k. tax system doesn't seem to recognise it as ordinary british taxpayers who are losing out. on the face of it to run because you can register your transaction in different country and the place of great destruction is the
place of taxation whereas you can have your activities actually taking place here is legal. surely then in the midst of the flat lining economy ek government would be eager to plug the holes. billion with a much needed tax plans you can count on spending it in the chancellor's autumn statement last week and it was the pelisse on welfare he was in the government's firing line why has this government decided to clamp down on benefit for clamping down on a multi-million pound tax avoiders. well i think that the government is clamping down on that there's been a lot of money allocated by him but there are now that people know that him or see or doing their thing it now that people know that they've been avoiding paying that
amount of tax i mean it's no good doing it are not paying well there's a difference between people. who are of voiding tax to legitimately and those who are illegally doing it there is a to do when we were. still avoiding paying where interested me again. let me actually answer the question once before you actually. tax avoid is ok to legally title starbucks and amazon and google have been doing is ok is that you saying there's a difference between tax avoidance and tax evasion tax evasion is illegal tax avoidance people are using the law to their benefit now if the law is wrong we need to change the law but for now the law continues to allow an exodus of profits made in britain meaning companies like amazon can keep getting away with paying less than the tax payers they're profiting from sarah firth r.t.
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